The Ford Motor Company has issued a statement following the accident involving Carlos Sainz during Stage 13 of the Rally of Great Britain, revealing that both their remaining cars have now been withdrawn from the event.

The statement reads as follows:

"Following the accident this afternoon on special stage 11 involving car no 3 driven by Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya, Ford have decided to withdraw both its remaining cars from the Rally of Great Britain (Sainz and Mark Higgins)."

Martin Whitaker, European director of Ford Racing, said: "We are genuinely upset that spectators were injured today in an accident involving one of our cars, and, as a result, we have decided to withdraw from the event.

"We are keen to work with the authorities to understand exactly what happened and why it happened."

Ford's decision comes as further details emerge as to the extent of injuries suffered. A Hospital spokesman in West Wales has said that one man is being treated for head injuries, another for back injuries with a third having suffered leg damage.

The remaining spectator's are believed to have escaped with minor injuries.